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12:20 AM ET, March 3, 2019

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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sources: CNN head Jeff Zucker expected to expand his portfolio to lead AT&T's Turner Sports as part of AT&T's restructuring of WarnerMedia  —  Jeff Zucker, the leader of cable-news outlet CNN, is about to add sports to his portfolio, giving him expanded oversight of more of the most valuable content …
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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Plepler and Levy's exits indicate that AT&T plans to combine HBO and Turner into one entity, contrary to previous comments, which will be run by Bob Greenblatt
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Turner Broadcasting President David Levy confirms he is leaving WarnerMedia in about two months
Gavin J. Blair / Hollywood Reporter:
In Japan, Disney and mobile carrier Docomo are launching a streaming service in March with the latest content from Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar, and Disney Studios  —  Content from all four Disney studios will be available next month in preparation for 5G.  Japan's other two main carriers are already partnered with Netflix.
Anne Thompson / IndieWire:
With reports that Spielberg will urge the Academy to block streaming services like Netflix from Oscars, some fear indie movies can end up as collateral damage  —  Post “Roma,” the Academy will discuss rules that would level the playing field — but adjusting for Netflix could affect indie titles as well.
Caysey Welton / Folio:
Dennis Publishing, the UK-based owner of The Week, has acquired 99-year-old Kiplinger Washington Editors Inc.; Kiplinger's COO will become its CEO  —  Dennis Publishing, the U.K.-based owner of The Week, has acquired 99-year-old Kiplinger Washington Editors Inc. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Discussion: Adweek and New York Post
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Alpha, a niche streaming service focusing on TV, pop-culture, sci-fi, comics, video games, and more is shutting down on Mar. 31  —  Another overly niche streaming service is closing up shop.  On Friday, Alpha - a geek-friendly streaming service that focused on TV, pop-culture, sci-fi …
Discussion: Variety
Andrew McCormick / The Atlantic:
How Radio Free Asia's Uighur journalists based in Washington are painstakingly reporting on China's internment of hundreds of thousands of the country's Muslims  —  Radio Free Asia's Uighur journalists report on China's internment of hundreds of thousands of members of the country's Muslim minority …
Discussion: Washington Post
Lara Takenaga / New York Times:
Fifty years after the publication of A Day in the Life of the New York Times, a chronicle of 24 hours at the paper in 2019 starting at 3 AM ET in Hong Kong  —  The book “A Day in the Life of The New York Times” chronicled 24 hours at the Gray Lady 50 years ago.
Discussion: @readercenter
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Hulu's live online TV service has about 2M subscribers while YouTube TV has crossed 1M  —  - Analyst says their services shine versus Sling, DirecTV Now  — Slicker, modern-looking interfaces give upstarts a leg up  —  Hulu and YouTube together have signed about 3 million subscribers …
Molly Langmuir / ELLE:
Profile of New Yorker's Jane Mayer, one of the most prominent investigative reporters in the US, who most recently broke the Kavanaugh accusations story  —  It's a few weeks after Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court, and  —  , one of the most prominent investigative reporters in the country …
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
Profile of sports news site Deadspin, which claims 14M monthly visitors on average in 2018, up 18% YoY, as it has evolved into a progressive voice in sports  —  Megan Greenwell, editor in chief of the website Deadspin, stood in front of a giant projection screen one night late last year …
Discussion: @dcwoodruff and @robert_hiltz
 
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Jeffrey Schweers / Tallahassee Democrat:
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Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources say Instagram is paying some IGTV creators, but some big influencers stay away due to obstacles like discoverability, monetization, and vertical format
James Walker / Press Gazette:
EU commissioners say Facebook's, Google's, and Twitter's reports on their fight against disinformation don't give enough information on their results
Discussion: Reuters and Techdirt